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Idea Generation Process: The Various Approaches to Gathering & Implementing Employee Ideas
Employee ideas are the backbone of any corporate innovation initiative, and therefore a strong idea generation process that can be scaled across your organization is key. Your employees’ ideas have the potential to have long term impact on your business, leading to new products,...
Idea Software: A Guide to Idea and Innovation Management
Today innovation has become a lifeline for businesses who have had to pivot and adjust to recent market changes. Yet, innovation doesn’t just happen, it starts with ideas. Ideas can result in new revenue streams, product improvements, enhanced employee engagement, and more. Yet to...
Diversity and Innovation: Benefiting from a Corporate Culture of Inclusion
Diversity may seem like a modern corporate buzzword but behind the noise is a concept that is integral to the success of innovation and beyond. For example, in the animal kingdom, diversity or biodiversity, referring to the enormous variety of life on earth, is integral to human survival. Diversity also leads to economic growth, and according to a study from Brown University “the interplay between cultural assimilation and cultural diffusion have played a significant role in giving rise to differential patterns of economic development across the globe.” Just like in the environment and economy, diversity is crucial when it...
Three Vital Idea Crowdsourcing Best Practices from the 2021 Suez Canal Obstruction
In recent years, the concept of crowdsourcing has become an increasingly common tool used in response to large scale crises and world events. From the BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill in 2010, to the Covid-19 solutions marketplace in Israel last year; crowdsourcing has been proven as an effective way to gather valuable innovative solutions to urgent strategic challenges. So, in March 2021 when one of the world’s busiest trade routes became firmly blocked by a seemingly immovable container ship, it was another opportunity for crowdsourcing to prove its value. However, as we will see this concept was not...
Innovation Program Recipe for Success: The Three Essential Ingredients
At Qmarkets we have spent the last 15+ years helping leading organizations to build and implement effective innovation initiatives. Along the way we have seen a wide variety of approaches and formats, from small-scale hackathons with a few hundred participants, to long term innovation...
An Interview with esolva: How Small Scale Innovation Can Generate Large Scale Impact
Idea and innovation management is sometimes seen as the domain of large organizations with dedicated innovation departments and tens of thousands of employees…However what people don’t realize is that these company-wide projects will often start off as a small-scale innovation initiative involving just a...
The Top Four Culture of Innovation Best Practices
Innovation lends itself to success by provoking organizations to continuously push for improvement and always be on the lookout for new opportunities. Amazon, SpaceX, Apple, and Salesforce are far better at innovation than others, but this is not by chance. These companies have hardwired...
4 Corporate Innovation Trends Set to Disrupt the Business Landscape in 2021
2020 was not what we expected, but nevertheless the old adage ‘out of adversity comes opportunity’ has never been more apt. The enormous pressure of the pandemic has caused irrevocable change, forcing organizations to adapt and innovate to survive. Yet in many cases it...
Top 3 Alternative Assets for your Business Innovation Strategy
With every enterprise innovation initiative, the most obvious and commonly prioritized assets are ideas. These are the backbone of innovation and can deliver amazing value, however they are ultimately only one aspect of innovation. In this blog, we will share the additional ‘innovation assets’ that many companies are yet to include in their business innovation strategy. Ideas – The Most Essential Innovation Asset  Idea management is the process of finding, developing, and implementing ideas on an enterprise level. In this process, when ideas are submitted, they often follow clear parameters set by the organization. This allows for businesses to...
Ideating at Enexis – Driving Operational Innovation in Dutch Energy Sector
The Enexis Group finds itself in an industry prime for innovation stagnation; well-established solutions, a workforce often resistant to change, and heavy regulation on procedures and costs, means that spontaneous innovation is not something that can happen easily. Yet the company has managed to generate hundreds of new ideas each year since 2014, resulting in millions in cost-saving and improved employee safety. In this exclusive interview, we sat down with Michiel Van Dam – DSO Architect at Enexis – to hear how the company has implemented a strategic approach to operational innovation, and embedded this across the varied divisions...
The Role of Innovation in New Product Development: Three Approaches for Success
Innovation is essential throughout the entire new product development (NPD) process, but nowhere is it more key than it is in the Fuzzy Front End (FFE) stage. FFE is the starting point of NPD and is where new product ideas are generated before entering...
Building a Business Case for Innovation Management – Why Now?
We all know it is not business as usual at the moment, and it’s even more important than ever for us to carefully prioritize where we focus our efforts both individually and collectively. However, I have recently been seeing reports of many businesses going...

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